Legal Affairs Print Version to End, Website to Remain:
Linc Caplan has unhappy news about Legal Affairs:
  As many start-ups do, Legal Affairs has run out of time for realizing our dream of creating a self-sustaining print magazine without breaking stride. We've been unable to attract a second round of financing to allow us to continue publishing in print after the March|April issue reaches subscribers in February. We'll maintain our website while we explore opportunities the site provides, so stay tuned for further developments. . . .
  This is a period of challenge for thought-leader magazines, then, in terms of the business models that support them and the forms of journalism they provide. But it's also a moment of opportunity for some visionary American foundation, media organization, or individual. While Legal Affairs has run out of time to receive this kind of support without suspending the print magazine, it won't be hard to find us to support our journalism on this website. Putting aside our parochial interests, a broader-based investment could have a significant payoff in preserving valuable thought-leader magazines and in assuring the staying power of promising new ones.
  I'm a big fan of Legal Affairs. I've written for it twice, and participated in the Debate Club feature, as well. It has targeted an important zone between law review articles and news stories about the law, and is a very interesting read. I hope it stays viable online, even if the print version is no longer available.

  Speaking of Legal Affairs, check out this week's very interesting Debate Club feature: Do Law Schools Need Ideological Diversity?, featuring a discussion between Peter Schuck and Brian Leiter.
Cheburashka (mail):
Maybe you conspirators should take Bashman and How Appealing in.
1.23.2006 2:57pm
A. Nonymous (mail):
This is a darn shame. I've been reading Legal Affairs since the start and found it wondeful and useful. It presented thoughts and concepts that didn't require having Esq. at the end of your name. It also was open to submission on issues pertaining to the law and courts that was not limited to JDs. There are some law journals which simply will not accept a PhDs work on legal or constitutional matters unless a JD is tacked on as a co-author. That's a shame. Journal of American Legal History presented a venue that was open to that sort of thing but it too is I believe defunct.

In no other field do I think this mindset strike so hard. Mathemeticians will appear in economics journals all the time. Political scientists are ok with historians, public administration or others submitting. But most (note: not all) law journals simply view law as the romping grounds of attorneys; all others be darned.

Legal Affairs, at least on a non-academic level, tried to bridge this gap. Its demise is sad.
1.23.2006 3:57pm
I like Legal Affairs' "Debate Club" feature as well, and Appellate Blog is excellent. That said, the print magazine was always too staid and mainstream to be of much interest to me. It didn't seem to approach issues in an edgy or interesting way, but rather seemed to be dealing with things as the self-conscious representative of a very self-conscious legal culture.
1.24.2006 12:12am